Hepatitis of unknown origin in children: no cases have been found in Morocco, assures the Ministry of Health

By Hajar Kharoubik 04/22/2022 at 9:37 pm.

Headquarters of the Ministry of Health and Social Security in Rabat.

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According to the Ministry of Health and Social Security, no cases of hepatitis have been reported in Morocco so far, which affects children and whose origin is unknown and which has been identified in Europe and North America.

In a press release issued this Friday, April 22, 2022, the Ministry of Health and Social Security indicates that it is closely monitoring the global epidemiological situation as part of the International Health Vigilance System of the National Public Health Emergency Operations Center. Used to be. (CNOUSP).

The Ministry also insists on following all recommendations issued in this regard by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the British Health Protection Agency (UKHSA).

The Guardianship also assures that the National Epidemiological Surveillance System has not recorded any change in the level of the normal number of hepatitis cases recorded at the national level, and that no similar cases have been identified.

On 5 April 2022, WHO was notified of 10 cases of severe acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in children under the age of 10 in central Scotland. Other cases were later recognized in the United Kingdom, but also in countries in Europe and North America.

This United Nations body states that the disease mainly affects children under the age of 10, and is manifested by symptoms such as jaundice, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Hepatitis viruses (A, B, C, E and D where applicable) have been ruled out after laboratory testing, while further investigations are underway to understand the etiology of these cases.

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